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Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, paid leave, rejuvenation, deeper study, churches, pastors, break, vacations, vocations, highs, lows, on call, uninterrupted study, tenure, affirmation
The word "sabbatical" has different meanings, depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage and still another in many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, gems, wisdom, pastor, beginning, calling, New Orleans Baptist Association, training, shortcuts, Acts 16:25, Paul, Silas, Philippian jail, Jesus Christ, network, mentors, advisors, prayer ...
... early retirement from his firm to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. Then, in 2009, when Duane McDaniel succeeded me as DOM for the association, he asked Jack to take charge of our inner city ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor's wife, expectations, vulnerability, uncalled assistant pastor, unpaid employee, biblical expert, be herself, accountability, love, gratitude, love, prayers, responsible care, ...
We're all vulnerable. Everyone who walks in the church door can be helped or hurt by what happens during the following hour or more. Whether saint or sinner, preacher or pew-sitter, old-timer or newcomer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 October 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Perry Noble, Jesus, advice, financial cost, emotional cost, highs, lows, critics, calling, overwhelmed, physical cost, rest, spiritual cost, personal cost
Jesus gave some incredible advice in Luke 14:28-30. Let's dive into five areas where we need to be willing to pay the price as a leader: 1. There is a financial cost. Books cost money. Conferences ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, ministerial leader, leave, church, mistake, call, conflict, criticism, match, family needs, skills, fired, forced out, ministry, denominational, parachurch, paycheck
I am reticent to write this article. I do not want to encourage pastors to leave churches too early. Frankly, many pastors have shared with me that, in the aftermath of their departures, they realized ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, calling, ministry, Evangelical, Pentecostal, churches, local church, self-ordained pastors, The Apostle, Elmer Gantry, U.S. military, anointing
... in my city approached me in 2005 about consecrating me as a bishop, the first thing I did before allowing such a consecration was to have them call several local and national bishops who knew me well to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Steve Murrell, preaching, gospel, privilege, burden, calling, read, study, teach, communicate, disciples, ministry, Bible, Jesus, burden, vision, values, mission, preparing, hearts
Preaching the gospel is privilege. It is also a burden, and a calling. I have been a preacher since 1982. I love my job. I love to read, study, teach and preach. Every day I am thankful that I get to do ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, wide, deep, balance, watered-down, gospel, knowledge, vocabulary, message, programs, pastors, calling, unchurched, teach, challenge
There are two requirements set on pastors and their churches, and they seem to be contradictory: Our churches must simultaneously go deep and wide. Here's what I mean by that: When I listen to people talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, productive, pastor, ministry, demanding, race, spiritually disciplined, pray, physically disciplined, appointments, sermon preparation, priorities, accomplishment, sleep
The work of pastoral ministry is a joy, but it's also demanding. Every pastor is on call 24/7. Expectations of members are high and sometimes unreasonable. Pastors are thus expected to "run the race" constantly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 / Worship
Tags: Dwayne Moore, worship team, ministry, musicians, mentors, numerically, spiritually, megachurch, small church, vision, values, philosophy, influencers, development, process
Below is a step-by-step plan to help your worship team members flourish in three fundamental areas—as worshipers, musicians and mentors. This approach can change the culture of your worship ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, church planter, pastoring, indicators, teaching, children, calling, gifts, ministry initiation, multiplication, personal wiring, dissatisfaction
There are many places of service in the church. One category of ministry is pastoring. Then there are subcategories, like children's pastor, teaching pastor, etc. Not lesser ministries, just more targeted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 / Children
Tags: Andrew Lisa, church, nursery, challenge, legally, financially, logistically, children, adults, Sunday school, Christian, faith, family concept
The concept of the church nursery is as old as the saying "It takes a village to raise a child." Establishing one offers the members of your congregation not only the service of providing caring, trained, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Married
Tags: MarriageToday, Jimmy and Karen Evans, biblically equip, save, marriages, uncompromised design, reach the masses, gates of hell, resources, finances, sex, intimacy
Marriage Ministry No one has to tell Jimmy Evans about the spiritual crisis facing marriages in this day and age. Through their ministry, MarriageToday, he and his wife, Karen, have been laboring diligently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 / Money
Tags: Joe McKeever, money crunch, financial crisis, finance committee, deacons, wakeup call, church leaders, bank account, panic, thanks, pray, teach, investigate, stand together, focus
A lot of things can happen when a church experiences a money crunch, most of them bad. The finance committee can get upset, deacons can get angry, church members become scared, and staff members start ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jared Moore, bleed, call, ministry, Christian, internship, youth pastor, bubble, scripture, naive, Jesus Christ, expectations, David Platt
Has God called you to the ministry? After being raised by Christian parents and attending evangelical churches for 17 years, I repented and trusted in Christ alone for my salvation. A year later, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, youth ministry, efficiency, balance, stress, steward, lack of staff, volunteers, leadership support, abundance, evaluate, refocus, invest, plan, grow strategically
Have you ever been stressed out about ministry simply over the fact that you didn’t feel it was balanced? Welcome to the club. I think a lot of times we overvalue things that we probably could spend less ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox II, Soul Preaching, poverty, tools, kingdom, Daniel, Joseph, sermon, virtual debate, Republican, Democrat, scientifically oriented society, offense of the cross, raising the dead, good ...
There is a lot of preaching today that does not address the reality of our membership in the kingdom of God. Neither does it address the reality of the “present evil age” (Gal. 1:4) that we might be delivered ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, Wright Brothers, flight, small churches, fly, sights, right thing, evangelism, discouragement, surrender, calling, mature supporters, leadership, mentor, coach
My mom owned and managed a travel agency in San Diego, mostly because she loved to travel, and she truly enjoyed helping others travel. Mom loved hanging out at airports—really! Airplanes fascinated her, ... [ +++ ]
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